Manchester United are not smiling on the pitch but their stars put aside their recent troubles to take part in the club foundation’s Dream Day.
Fans with life-limiting illnesses were invited to the Carrington training complex to spend some time with a host of players including Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
Manager Jose Mourinho was also present and was able to put United’s patchy form to one side to bring some early Christmas cheer to local fans.
United face Fulham on Saturday afternoon looking to get back into form after four league games without a win.
The Red Devils have endured a poor season so far and are currently eighth in the table, but smiles were back on faces all round as the club opened their doors to fans.
Even Pogba, who was dropped for United’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday, looked cheerful as he posed in a Santa hat with a young fan on Dream Day.
Lukaku, who was also demoted to the bench on Wednesday, was all smiles as he met fans and posed for pictures.
Sergio Romero and Matteo Darmian were present, too.
United reached the Champions League knockout stages with victory over Young Boys last month but their league form is still a huge concern.
Ahead of their game with Fulham, Mourinho reiterated his claim that despite finishing 19 points behind champions Manchester City last season, his side overachieved by finishing second.
‘I made a fantastic job, I stayed in front of teams with more potential than my team, last season we finished second and I felt we stayed ahead of teams with more potential than us.’
The Red Devils head to Spain after meeting the Cottagers to face Valencia, still with an outside chance of finishing top of their European group.
Mourinho’s side then go to Anfield to face arch-rivals Liverpool, who are still unbeaten after an impressive start to the season.
Cardiff and Huddersfield follow as Mourinho’s side look to claw back an eight-point deficit to the top four with wins around the Christmas period.